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Education allowance slashed - have you been impacted?

We have been told that our facility will not be paying/reimbursing employees for conferences this year.  If we want to attend we will have to foot the bill and use our vacation time. 

Last year the hospital paid for two staff members AVA conference registration, airfare, and they were given educational pay for their scheduled work-time.  Staff had to pay for their own meals, hotel, etc.

Have you been impacted by education cuts?

Last week, I was at the

Last week, I was at the Nursing2009 Symposium where I heard that the majority of those attending paid for their own expenses. I think it is a nasty outcome of the current economy. But when you pay for it yourself, you are more in control of what you go to and direct your own professional development rather than having your employer dictate what you can and can not go to. Also, remember that all expenses are tax deductible, although that is little compensation I know. 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

Visit the AVA web site for a
Visit the AVA web site for a letter that you can print off directed to your DON/Adminstration related to the value of your participation in this conference!!!
I can't seem to find the
I can't seem to find the letter. 
Barbara Tinsley
Barbara Tinsley RN BS Our

Barbara Tinsley RN BS

Our facility in Denver has cut back as well.  We can now only have travel, hotel and registration fee's partially paid IF we agree to give a formal inservice to the nursing staff on what we learned at the conference.

Barbara Tinsley

Karen Day
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absolutely!!  I really want
absolutely!!  I really want to go to AVA this year, but will have to foot the bill.  With layoffs already impacting my hospital, I am not sure I can take the $1000 - $1500 out of my savings to attend this conference although it is full of such valuable information.  I am concerned that attendance will be lower this year for AVA than any other year and I hope they plan on possibly recording the seminar or providing a better way for those who want to attend to get the information.  I attended a couple of years ago and purchased some audio tapes, but a lot of the Q&A sessions were left out and some of the printed material left out a lot of the little tid-bits of info that was added by the audience during the  actual presentation, would have liked to seen it included so that my co-worker got as much out of this as I did.  I realize that financial limitations are everywhere though and appreciate whatever I can get from AVA.  Hope to be able to scrape it together to see you in Vegas. 
Gwen Irwin
I am scared to say this with

I am scared to say this with the previous postings, but we still have the support for our PICC RNs.  I don't want our folks to take back our budget allotment!!!!

Gwen Irwin

Austin, Texas

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